Armed suspect on the loose in Tustin after shots fired with police
TUSTIN (CNS) – A suspect carrying a rifle or sawed-off shotgun wrapped in a sweatshirt was confronted by police in a Tustin apartment complex today, prompting an officer-involved shooting and a search of the complex for the gunman.
No police officers were injured, according to Tustin police Chief Charlie Celano.
Celano said the department received a call shortly before 9 a.m. about a “suspicious” person armed with a weapon by the complex in the 1600 block of Nisson Road. An officer arriving at the scene confronted the suspect, leading to a shooting.
It was unclear how many shots were fired, or if both the officer and suspect fired shots. Celano said it was unknown if the suspect was injured in the shooting.
The suspect fled into the complex, and police swarmed into the area searching for him.
Celano said the suspect was in his late teens or early 20s, 5-feet-9- inches tall and clean shaven. He was wearing a black and white cap, blue sweatshirt and blue and green plaid shorts.
Several schools in the area were placed on lockdown as a precaution, and residents were notified using a reverse 911 system about the shooting.
“Our biggest concern is there are a lot of people living around here,” Celano said. “We want everyone who lives in the area to be vigilant.”
Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call Tustin police at (714) 573-3200.